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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from Local Live.

    Join us tomorrow from 08:00 for all the news, sport, travel and weather from around Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

  2. A clear and cold night

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    It's staying dry overnight with clear spells. The winds will pick up a touch by the end of the night.


    Temperatures will fall to a minimum of -1C (30F) in rural areas, giving a touch of frost in places.

  3. A52 accident

    BBC Travel

    The A52 Ashbourne Road in Derby is has been closed near the Markeaton Lane junction because of an accident.

    There is slow traffic in both directions.

  4. Dog lead warning after sheep attacks

    Peak District rangers have urged dog walkers to keep their pets on short leads to protect lambs in the Peak District after five sheep were attacked by domestic dogs in less than a week.

    Peak District sheep

    The attacks happened at Burbage and Houndkirk.

  5. Troubled families scheme 'turns lives around'

    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said 105,000 troubled families targeted by a government scheme have had their lives "turned around", BBC Politics News Online reports.

    Eric Pickles

    The Troubled Families Programme was launched after the 2011 riots in England in seven areas, including Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

  6. Feedback

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

  7. News on the hour

    Lucy Vladev

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    A campaign is being launched to increase awareness of sexual consent in a bid to educate people.

    Staffordshire Police say two thirds of sexual assaults and rapes take place within a relationship, where the victim and perpetrator know each other. This and more in my 17:00 bulletin.

  8. Solar farm raids

    Ashbourne News Telegraph

    A giant solar panel farm near Sudbury has been targeted by thieves who struck twice, walking-off with almost 100 solar panels from the 112-acre site.

    Despite 24-hour security, a total of 98 panels were stolen from the site, off the A515 Litchfield Road, on 27 February and 3 March.

  9. Chesterfield paedophile wins reduction in prison sentence

    Derbyshire Times

    A paedophile jailed for 26 years for a string of sex crimes has had his sentence reduced.

    Stephen Bower, aged 56, was jailed in July last year for indecent assault, indecency with a child and five counts of rape.

    The sentence was reduced to 22 years

  10. MacArthur tribute to helicopter crash sailor

    Derbyshire-born yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur has paid tribute to a sailor killed alongside two other French sports personalities in a helicopter crash in Argentina.

    Florence Arthaud, pictured right, was a hugely accomplished sailor, who won the prestigious solo Atlantic race Route du Rhum in 1990.

    Camille Muffat, Alexis Vastine and Florence Arthaud

    Dame MacArthur from Whatstandwell told the BBC: "Florence's view was that the sea is out there and it's there for the taking. You know, I'm sure she's inspired many, many people."

    A total of eight French nationals were killed including Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and boxer Alexis Vastine

  11. News on the hour

    Lucy Vladev

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In the 16:00 bulletin, a top dog handler from Derbyshire says she's concerned about returning to Crufts.

    An apparent malicious poisoning of a prize-winning Irish Setter took place at the dog show this week.

  12. Police respond to sex offender figures

    Derbyshire Police have responded to the news that six sex offenders are missing in the county.

    Assistant chief constable Martyn Bates said five of the offenders are abroad and one is believed to be dead. He said there are 1,072 registered sexual offenders in Derby and Derbyshire and 280 in custody.

    A rape victim

    "Derbyshire Constabulary works hard to minimise the risks and threats to public protection," he said.

    Figures released by 39 forces under the Freedom of Information Act show 396 sex offenders are currently wanted because their whereabouts are unknown.

  13. Illegal cigarette seller jailed

    Burton Mail

    A man has been jailed after he was caught trying to sell illegal cigarettes during a raid on his Burton shop.

    Trading standards bosses said the 12-week prison sentence given to Aram Mohammed, 33, is a "striking reminder" of how serious the crime can be and the impact it can have on communities.

  14. Fracking deal

    A Swiss shale gas firm has pledged £138m to help UK shale giant IGas expand its shale gas operations in the East Midlands, reports BBC Business News Online.


    IGas has signed a £30m gas deal with Switzerland's Ineos in a tie-up meant to expand IGas's exploration efforts.

    The deal will give Ineos access to sites beyond the ones it currently operates in Scotland.

  15. News on the hour

    Lucy Vladev

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    A man has appeared in court charged with the indecent assault of three girls in Derby. More in the news at 15:00

  16. Benefit sanctions

    Brian Milligan

    Personal Finance Reporter

    High Peak in Derbyshire is in the top ten authorities for benefit sanctions in the UK, according to figures from the homeless charity Crisis.

    queue outside job centre

    There were 11.4 Job Seekers Allowance sanctions per 100 claimants in the authority area.

  17. Lorry fire

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue tweets: #Matlock #Firefighters have extinguished a fire in the engine of a lorry on the A615 Road at Tansley using one hose reel jet.

  18. Tributes to councillor

    Burton Mail

    Tributes have been paid to a council stalwart, who spent more than 25 years serving the people of South Derbyshire, following his death.

    Michael Bale, known to many as "Mick", died at home on Saturday with his wife of more than 50 years, June, by his side following a battle against prostate cancer.

  19. The big picture

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    This stunning picture of Monsal Head near Bakewell was sent into us by Benjamin Hopkins.


    We are using it as our banner image today, which you can see by going to the full live page.

    If you've captured some breathtaking scenery of Derbyshire or anything quirky when you are out and about, email it to

  20. News on the hour

    Lucy Vladev

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In the 14:00 bulletin, CCTV footage has been released after a man exposed himself on a train at Derby station.

    The incident took place on 24 January at around 20:50, on the Plymouth to Leeds service.

  21. Airman's ring reunited with family

    Angelina Socci

    BBC East Midlands Today

    A wedding ring belonging to a World War Two airman from Derbyshire has been reunited with his family, more than 70 years after he died in a crash in Albania.

    Wedding ring

    Join me at 13:40 on BBC One.

  22. Assemblies about online safety

    Police officers will be going into Pingle School, Swadlincote, to deliver assemblies on online safety to all year groups.

    It's after pupils there were encouraged to post explicit images online.

    Pingle School Derbyshire

    Derbyshire Police says it's not yet known whether requests were sent by a lone online predator. Police have urged parents to be vigilant and monitor children's online activity.

  23. News on the hour

    Lucy Vladev

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 13:00 bulletin: A man has appeared in court charged with the indecent assault of three girls in Derby in the 1990s.

    The 44-year-old was arrested at Heathrow Airport and appeared before Southern Derbyshire magistrates on Monday.

  24. Hedgehog skills

    James Roberson

    Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

    "Tipsy" was one of the hedgehogs I met at Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus, which is holding a one-day course to teach people essential hedgehog skills.


    See how I got on at the BBC East Midlands Today Facebook page.

  25. Gritters out again

    Derbyshire County Council tweets: Road surface temperatures forecast to be below zero again tonight so we're gritting all primary routes at 8pm.

  26. Chesterfield crash update

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue tweets: #Chesterfield & #Staveley #Fire Crews removed the roof of a car to release it's occupant following an RTC o/s Chesterfield @royalhospital

  27. News on the hour

    Sally Swinfen

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    In the 12:00 bulletin, Twycross Zoo's unveiled its plans for a £55m redevelopment programme which will see the building of several new enclosures.

    It's hoped the work will make more natural habitats for some of the inhabitants of the zoo, just outside Derbyshire.

  28. Derby dad: Arriva bus driver bit me in fare row

    Derby Telegraph

    A Dad has described how an Arriva bus driver plunged his teeth into his chest after an argument over the cost of a journey.

    Martin Pickering was on the bus at Derby Bus Station and heading home to Wilmorton when the incident happened.

    The 38-year-old had boarded the number 45 bus with his two daughters and the pair had a disagreement.

    Mr Pickering, won a £1,500 out-of-court settlement.

  29. A19 figures revealed

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Staffordshire Police is among forces facing claims from former officers forced to retire under the controversial A19 regulation after figures were revealed to the BBC.

    More than 1,000 former senior police officers from English and Welsh forces are seeking compensation after being forced to retire under the regulation.

    Police officers in high-visibility coats

    It states that those below chief officer rank could be required to stand down after 30 years "in the general interests of efficiency".

  30. Chesterfield crash

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue tweets: A623 Chesterfield Rd CLOSED @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital; seek alternative route. On scene with @DerbysPolice @EMASNHSTrust dealing with RTC

  31. News on the hour

    Sally Swinfen

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    In the 11:00 bulletin: £13,000 has been guaranteed for the Colin Bloomfield melanoma appeal, by Derby County.

    The club, and director Mel Morris have pledged £10 for each ticket sold for Saturday's away game against Norwich.

  32. Your pictures: Chaddesden

    via Facebook

    Gregg Harrison's picture of a moody sky over Chaddesden has the honour of being chosen as today's cover photo on the Radio Derby Facebook page.


    Send your pictures via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  33. A444 congestion

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the A444 Stanton Road at Stanton, near Burton, because of an accident.

  34. Council tax freeze

    Derbyshire Dales District Council tweets: Council Tax FREEZE confirmed as we introduce #LivingWage for all our employees

  35. News on the hour

    Sally Swinfen

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 10:00 bulletin: An accident involving a lorry and two cars on the A50 at Uttoxeter last night left four people needing hospital treatment.

    A man and a woman suffered a head injury and chest pains after their car ended up on its roof on fire.

  36. Temp work request rise

    BBC Radio Derby

    More people are settling for temporary or voluntary work while they wait to get into full time employment according to a Burton recruitment agency.

    Similarly, Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath says it's seen an increased demand for seasonal work from people with a wide range of skills.

  37. Derby need to get better

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Lee Grant insists there are no doubts in the Derby County dressing room, but admits the squad knows they need to improve if they want to win promotion.

    Lee Gray, Derby County

    Derby are one of four teams level on points at the top of the Championship and would have gone two points clear if they'd held on to beat Birmingham on Saturday.

  38. News on the hour

    Sally Swinfen

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Coming up in the 09:00 news on BBC Radio Derby we'll have more on money being raised for Colin Bloomfield's Melanoma Appeal.

    The Derby County director Mel Morris says the appeal is already having a positive effect in the city.

  39. North Derbyshire gang jailed for importing drugs

    Derbyshire Times

    Four people from north Derbyshire have been sentenced for importing drugs into the UK.

    The case against the gang began in March 2013 when a suspicious package from China was intercepted by Border Force officers. It was opened and was found to contain the drug M Cat.

  40. WW2 pilot's wedding ring returned

    The sister of a World War Two pilot from Derbyshire who went missing in action has been reunited with his wedding ring after more than 70 years.

    The plane of Flt Sgt John Thompson, who was from Matlock, crashed in the mountains in north-east Albania while on a "secret mission" to aid local anti-Nazi fighters in 1944.

    Dorothy Webster

    A local man found the ring in 1960 and kept it - his son has now returned it to Flt Sgt Thompson's 92-year-old sister, Dorothy Webster.

  41. Money pledged to appeal

    BBC Radio Derby

    Derby County says there's been a positive response to its pledge of a donation from every ticket sold for Saturday's game to charity.

    Colin Bloomfield

    Norwich City's charge of £40 for visiting Rams fans sparked the threat of a boycott.

    But club and director Mel Morris decided £10 from every ticket bought for the match will go to the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

  42. Overturned car blocks A6

    BBC Travel

    The A6 in Whatstandwell is blocked because of an overturned car.

    There's queuing traffic in both directions between the B5035 Stoney Wood Drive junction and the A610 junction. Police are directing traffic.

  43. Bright and sunny

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    A clear start to the day with a frost in places.


    Some cloud may develop in the west but all parts will stay dry with plenty of sunshine. Wind staying light.

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    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Derbyshire on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

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